Shoremen select Clarke as coach Loyola assistant 'honored' to take over Div. III champs

July 24, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Division III national champion Washington College hired Loyola College assistant J. B. Clarke as its men's lacrosse coach, just two weeks after John Haus resigned the position to take over as head coach at Johns Hopkins.

Clarke, 33, leaves after one year at Loyola, where he coached the goalkeepers and helped with the offense.

His resume includes a head coaching job at Division III Greensboro College and assistant roles at Duke, Ohio State and Roanoke. In his only season at Greensboro, Clarke directed the Pride to a 9-5 record in 1997 -- a six-win improvement from the previous year.

Washington College is considered one of the prime steppingstones in college lacrosse since the previous three Shoremen coaches have made the jump to Division I.

"I feel honored because of the storied tradition of coaches and the success of the program, and feel humbled because they feel I'm worthy to continue that success," Clarke said. "To be honest, it might be easier to go somewhere where they're struggling. If they don't do well, what does that say about you? But Washington College is a great job because it's a place where lacrosse really matters."

In other coaching news, Towson University coach Tony Seaman has offered assistant positions to Loyola College graduates Stan Ross and Paul Cantabene. An announcement will be made once the school processes the paperwork.

Ross, a product of both Loyola College and Boys' Latin, will be Towson's defensive coordinator and returns to the area after a one-year assistant stint at Princeton. Ross, who played for the Greyhounds from 1992 to 1995, was the defensive coordinator at the University of Denver in 1997.

Cantabene was a Johns Hopkins part-time assistant under Seaman for the past three seasons, working with the midfield units and faceoff specialists. A 1993 second-team All-American midfielder for the Greyhounds, Cantabene will handle most of the offensive responsibilities for the Tigers.

"Stan brings us experience from all winning programs and knowledge of the area," Seaman said. "And Paul's done a great job for me for three years. We're all very excited about the decision."

Johns Hopkins still has not begun formal interviews for an offensive coordinator, a school spokesman said. Haus, who was hired on July 7, could not be reached to comment yesterday.

Pub Date: 7/24/98

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